Last Night in the NHL (12/22)

Last Night in the NHL (12/22)

Last night in the NHL (12/22) there were four games on the slate. It was a good night to teams down in the standings. Both of the league’s bottom dwellers, Arizona and Buffalo were able to seize victory on Friday. Arizona took down Top 5 team Washington Capitals in overtime and Buffalo took down Philly behind the firepower of Jack Eichel.

2 – Philadelphia Flyers (15-13-7)

4 – Buffalo Sabres (9-19-7)

In Buffalo, the Sabres notched a win against the Flyers behind Jack Eichel’s twelfth and thirteenth goals of the season. The Sabres are now one game away from earning double-digit wins this season.

Robin Lehner took home the victory between the pipes for the Sabres.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • Buffalo (1-0)
    • Ryan O’Reilly (9)
      • Evander Kane
  • Buffalo (2-0)
    • Kane (15)
      • Josh Gorges
      • Kyle Okposo
  • Philadelphia (1-2)
    • Michael Raffl (6) (PP)
      • Claude Giroux
      • Jakub Voracek
  • Buffalo (3-1)
    • Jack Eichel (12)
      • Marco Scandella
      • O’Reilly
  • Philadelphia (2-3)
    • Shayne Gostisbehere (7)
      • Giroux
      • Voracek
  • Buffalo (4-2)
    • Jack Eichel (13)
      • Scandella

2 – Minnesota Wild (18-14-3)

4- Florida Panthers (14-16-5)

It’s official, the Florida Panthers are on a winning streak. Almost a month has passed since the last time Florida was able to string together two victories. In his eighth straight start for the Panthers, James Reimer earned his fourth victory over that span (4-3-1). He can thank Jonathan Huberdeau’s two third period goals for Thursday’s victory.

Just when you think the Wild are becoming respectable, this happens. If you take a lead into the third, you must win. The Wild didn’t. That’s why they are the epitome of NHL mediocrity.

1st Period

  • Minnesota (1-0)
    • Ryan Suter (5) (PP)
      • Matt Dumba
      • Mikael Granlund
  • Florida (1-1)
    • Vincent Trocheck (14)
      • Alex Petrovic
      • Denis Malgin

2nd Period

  • Minnesota (2-1)
    • Daniel Winnik (3)

3rd Period

  • Florida (2-2)
    • Jonathan Huberdeau (10)
      • Aleksander Barkov
  • Florida (3-2)
    • Connor Brickley (3)
      • Keith Yandle
  • Florida (4-2)
    • Huberdeau (11)
      • Barkov

3 – Montreal Canadiens (16-15-4)

2 – Calgary Flames (18-15-3)

Carey Price continues to carry the Canadiens. Since returning from injury, Montreal is 8-3-1. Last night’s victim: Calgary. For the first time in 22 months, Byron Froese scored a goal, a deflection in the first. Calgary added two goals in the third to keep the game close, but it wasn’t enough. While Calgary seems to be treading water, Montreal is on the move to make up the games they lost without Price.

1st Period

  • Montreal (1-0)
    • Byron Froese (1)
      • Jordie Benn
      • Alex Galchneyuk

2nd Period

  • Montreal (2-0)
    • Nicolas Deslauriers (4)
      • Froese
      • Daniel Carr

3rd Period

  • Montreal (3-0) 
    • Brendan Gallagher (14)
      • Artturi Lehkonen
      • Tomas Plekanec
  • Calgary (1-3)
    • Micheal Ferland (14)
      • Michael Frolik
      • Sean Monahan
  • Calgary (2-3)
    • Matthew Tkachuk (8)
      • Mikael Backlund
      • Johnny Gaudreau

2- Washington Capitals (22-12-2)

3- Arizona Coyotes (8-24-5)

Final/OT

Despite being one of the worst teams in the league, the Coyotes used a late goal by Christian Fischer in the third period to push the game to overtime. In the extra session, Clayton Keller drained the game-winner to down the Caps in Phoenix. TJ Oshie put home his eleventh goal of the season in the loss. Five of Arizona’s eight wins this season have come in overtime. The Coyotes are 3-24 in games not decided in overtime this season. They are 5-5 in overtime games.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • Washington (1-0)
    • TJ Oshie (11)
      • Jakub Vrana
      • Evgeny Kuznetsov

3rd Period

  • Arizona (1-1)
    • Christian Dvorak (5)
      • Alex Goligoski
      • Jakob Chychrun
  • Washington (2-1)
    • Kuznetsov (12)
      • Christian Djoos
      • John Carlson
  • Arizona (2-2)
    • Christian Fischer (9)
      • Clayton Keller
      • Jason Demers

Overtime

  • Arizona (3-2)
    • Keller (13)
      • Max Domi
      • Goligoski

 

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